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Introduction
The Feminine Mind-1
The War Between the Sexes-2.1
The War Between the Sexes-2.2
The War Between the Sexes-2.3
Marriage-3.1
Marriage-3.2
Marriage-3.3
Marriage-3.4
Woman Suffrage-4.1
Woman Suffrage-4.2
Woman Suffrage-4.3
Woman Suffrage-4.4
The New Age-5.1
The New Age-5.2
The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana. INTRODUCTION
THE VATSYAYANA SUTRA-1-2
THE VATSYAYANA SUTRA-3-4-5
OF SEXUAL UNION-1-2
OF SEXUAL UNION-3-4-5
OF SEXUAL UNION-6-7-8
OF SEXUAL UNION-10-11
ABOUT THE ACQUISITION OF A WIFE-1-2
ABOUT THE ACQUISITION OF A WIFE-3-4-5
ABOUT A WIFE-1-2
ABOUT THE WIVES OF OTHER MEN-1-2
ABOUT THE WIVES OF OTHER MEN-3-4
ABOUT THE WIVES OF OTHER MEN-5-6
ABOUT COURTESANS-1-2
ABOUT COURTESANS-3-4
ABOUT COURTESANS-5-6
ABOUT THE MEANS OF ATTRACTING OTHERS TO YOURSELF-1-2
CONCLUDING REMARKS

betrayal, quite as effectively as it explains the ready credence they 

give to political and philosophical absurdities. 

 

 

 

 

35. A Mythical Dare-Devil 

 

 

The truth is that the picture of male carnality that such women conjure 

up belongs almost wholly to fable, as I have already observed in 

dealing with the sophistries of Dr. Eliza Burt Gamble, a paralogist on a 

somewhat higher plane. As they depict him in their fevered treatises on 

illegitimacy, white-slave trading and ophthalmia neonatorum, the average 

male adult of the Christian and cultured countries leads a life of gaudy 

lubricity, rolling magnificently from one liaison to another, and 

with an almost endless queue of ruined milliners, dancers, charwomen, 

parlour-maids and waitresses behind him, all dying of poison and 

despair. The life of man, as these furiously envious ones see it, is 

the life of a leading actor in a boulevard revue. He is a polygamous, 

multigamous, myriadigamous; an insatiable and unconscionable debauche, a 

monster of promiscuity; prodigiously unfaithful to his wife, and even to 

his friends' wives; fathomlessly libidinous and superbly happy. 

 

Needless to say, this picture bears no more relation to the facts than 

a dissertation on major strategy by a military "expert" promoted from 

dramatic critic. If the chief suffragette scare mongers (I speak without 

any embarrassing naming of names) were attractive enough to men to get 

near enough to enough men to know enough about them for their purpose 

they would paralyze the Dorcas societies with no such cajoling libels. 

As a matter of sober fact, the average man of our time and race is quite 

incapable of all these incandescent and intriguing divertisements. He is 

far more virtuous than they make him out, far less schooled in sin, far 

less enterprising and ruthless. I do not say, of course, that he is pure 

in heart, for the chances are that he isn't; what I do say is that, in 

the overwhelming majority of cases, he is pure in act, even in the face 

of temptation. And why? For several main reasons, not to go into minor 

ones. One is that he lacks the courage. Another is that he lacks the 

money. Another is that he is fundamentally moral, and has a conscience. 

It takes more sinful initiative than he has in him to plunge into any 

affair save the most casual and sordid; it takes more ingenuity and 

intrepidity than he has in him to carry it off; it takes more money 

than he can conceal from his consort to finance it. A man may force his 


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